TNPSC - Current Affairs in English Medium - 15.06.2016

Bihar, Rajasthan & Gujarat falter on infant deaths
  • According to Fresh Data for 2014 released by the Census office based on an annual sample survey. his latest SRS Bulletin for 2014 was due in December 2015 but has been released six months late.In urban areas, Bihar and Gujarat show increase in infant death rates, while female infant deaths increased in UP . This reflects the growing share of population which cannot afford access to otherwise plentiful healthcare facilities in Indian cities and towns. Among the smaller states, infant mortality has increased in Manipur. In Meghalaya, female infant mortality has increased. But Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura show healthy decline in infant death rates.Chandigarh has an increase in infant deaths, driven by a rise in female infant mortality . Delhi, also largely urban, has shown a decline. Report said that infant deaths ratio year wise. Note: Number of deaths per 1000 live births
       Uttarkhand Bihar  Gujarat  Rajasthan

2014      33       42      35        46

2013      32       42      36        47

Polio virus strain found in Hyderabad, alert in Telangana - polio virus (P2 strain)
  • The Telangana government on Tuesday sounded a “global emergency“ after an active strain of wild polio virus (P2 strain) was detected in a water sample from a drain. The discovery prompted the state to airlift two lakh vaccines from Geneva to innoculate over three lakh children in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy as a “preventive measure“ from 15.06.2016. The government has decided to hold a special polio campaign in Hyderabad and parts of Ranga Reddy from June 20 to June 26,“ said Rajeshwar Tiwari, prinicipal secretary , health, adding this wasn't the first time the strain had been traced. It was previously detected in Bihar, Gujarat, UP and Delhi
Smart tech to seal Indo-Bangla border
  • Pontoon bridges in riverine areas, sluice gates and aerostats that can be located with intelligent high resolution cameras for surveillence, will be used to plug vulnerable patches along a 60.7-km long stretch in riverine areas on the Indo-Bangla border in Assam, which the government plans to seal shut by June 2017.
IIT-Madras breaks into top 50 Asia University Rankings
  • Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has broken into the top 50 of the 2016 Asia university rankings that were released on Tuesday by British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). Jumping 13 places from its position last year, IIT-Madras is ranked 43.IISc-Bangalore (33), IITBombay (35), IIT-Delhi (36) and IIT-Kanpur (48) were the other Indian universities in the top 50. IIT-Kharagpur was placed 51st and two other IITs ­ Roorkee (78) and Guwahati (94) ­ made it to the top 100 as well. 
A Siberian crater that widened with a bang
  • One of the large craters that mysteriously appeared in Siberia may be connected nected to a huge explosion loud enough to have been heard 100km away, which could have also caused villagers to see a “glow in the sky“. A number of large-scale craters have been seen across Siberia in the past few years. They are understood to start as metres-wide holes thought to be tens of metres deep, which then rapidly expand in size. The Deryabinsky crater in the Taimyr peninsula was discovered by reindeer herders in 2013.It was estimated to be four metres wide and around 100 metres deep.The crater has since increased by meter, filled with water.
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